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US deploys anti-missile radar in Israel

Press TV - The US has reportedly deployed an advanced anti-missile radar system in Israel in an attempt to prepare Tel Aviv for a war on Iran.

The X-band radar, installed in the Negev desert, has a range of more than 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles). It is operated by a permanent 120-strong US Army staff, the Israeli state radio reported.

An Israeli Defense Ministry official, however, rejected the report. The source told AFP that he did 'not know about such a deployment'.

In late July, a senior Pentagon official had said that US Defense Secretary Robert Gates agreed to explore deploying a powerful missile defense targeting radar in Israel.

"The idea here is to help Israel create a layered missile defense capability to protect it from all sorts of threats in the region, near and far," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

An X-band radar is a powerful phased array radar that can target the warhead of a long or medium range missile in space. The US has deployed one in Japan and plans to install a larger X-band radar in the Czech Republic.

The decision to deploy the radar was finalized during Israeli Defense Minister's recent visit to the US.

The radar will be able to receive data from US Defense Support System satellites.

Greek FM rejects joint maneuver with Israel against Iran

New York, Sept 28, IRNA - Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis said here on Saturday said her country did not and will not launch any maneuver against its friendly country, Iran.

She made the remarks in a meeting with her Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki held on the sidelines of the 63rd annual session of the UN General Assembly.

She further briefed Mottaki on efforts made by the Europe with regards to the latest developments in the Caucasus.

Mottaki voiced Iran's readiness to further expand bilateral relations in all areas, particularly in the energy and trade fields.

The Iranian foreign minister then criticized recent joint Greece-Israel military exercises.

He briefed Bakoyannis on Iran's initiative on settlement of stability and tranquility in the Caucasus region.

Referring to the Islamic Republic of Iran as a country with rich culture and civilization, the Greek foreign minister stressed that Athens is willing to further promote all-out ties with Tehran.

She added that two Greek political and economic delegations will soon visit Iran to review issues of mutual interest and to help further expand bilateral cooperation.

... Payvand News - 09/28/08 ... --

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